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little the. u.s. will provide military aid to syrian rebels and claiming it is evidence the assad regime used chemical weapons moscow hollywood washington's reasoning though flawed . plans to develop an is ten ball park that calls weeks of protests across turkey have been frozen but there is no clear agreement on how to prevent anti-government demonstrations from continuing. as iranians and act like their new leader we examine the controversial legacy left behind by the nation's outgoing president mahmoud ahmadinejad.
it's five pm in moscow good to have you with us here on r t our top story washington will put lethal weapons in the hands of syrian rebels it's concluded that bashar assad's regime has used chemical weapons albeit quote on a small scale and so will offer more help to those fighting him marina porton has more from new york. this is quite a game changer being announced by the obama administration what we know is that the u.s. has decided that it will provide military support to syrian rebels but u.s. officials would not specify what that support will involve the national security council that the visor ben rhodes says that the new assistance to the syrian rebels will be different from the non-lethal communications type of quitman that the u.s. has given before and this of course leads many to believe that the united states will now be arming the syrian opposition now these decisions are being made after the u.s. intelligence community has independently concluded that the syrian government has used chemical weapons including the nerve agent gas sarin on
a small scale against the opposition however washington so far has failed to disclose what specific evidence they have what has led them to make these conclusions and this announcement but this is counter to what a chief u.n. investigator said just two months ago during our investigation for crimes against humanity and war crimes. we collect some weakness to money. the made to appear that some chemical weapons were used in particular. in what was. what appear on. to our investigation that was used by openings by the ribbons and we have no known indication tool the government. government has used chemical weapons but
i was of you to the. first the first indication we got. to the use of never opening the united states decision now is to provide more military support to the syrian opposition comes ahead of a peace conference that's supposed to take place geneva at the end of this month or be they have then next month that conference was organized by the united states and russia and it was aiming to get both sides from syria to come together at the table and talk about how there could be a transitional government forms and ultimately and the ongoing violence that's been taking place in syria according to the united nations ninety three thousand people have been killed since this civil war began more than two years ago we should note that many experts have indicated that and believe and argue that adding more arms
to such a heavily violent conflict that's ongoing in syria would actually fuel an arms race it would make the circumstance there the environment there so much more dangerous but as we see from the the announcements made by the obama administration that washington plans to aid syrian rebels militarily and they won't give specifics but it looks as though that the united states will be arming the syrian opposition. washington said it's shared evidence with several allies including russia but the head of the state duma foreign affairs committee says the findings aren't convincing. we have no reliable confirmation the asset government used chemical weapons the us national security council that made this announcement so it's intelligence reports the problem is that one time the bush administration also cited intelligence to prove to the entire world that saddam
hussein had weapons of mass destruction as we all know this became the basis for aggression against iraq and for iraq's occupation but no weapons were found there neither nuclear material nor chemical weapons so how can we trust these empty phrases after iraq it's completely impossible but this is part of the u.s. political line aimed at toppling the asset government. and the u.s. plan for a limited no fly zone over syria has also been drawn up to be costly up to fifteen million dollars per day and unlikely to affect things on the ground by the white house thinks it's necessary in order to reduce the risks of arming the rebels the restricted area could stretch up to forty kilometers into syria just one hundred kilometers shy of the syrian capital damascus even without a no fly zone washington could send arms through jordan with patriot air defense batteries and f. sixteen fighter jets already deployed there author and historian gerald horne things washington's allegations of chemical weapons use mailing served to escalate
the conflict. it seems to me this is a very dangerous and ominous moment particularly since sunni clerics have just met in cairo egypt in a call for a holy war against the regime in damascus and instead of trying to calm things down it seems to me the obama administration is about the throw gasoline on the flames keep in mind also that just a few weeks ago the turkish authorities now that some of the rebels housed in turkey had syrian weapons that's weapons in their possession keep in mind as well that it's difficult to say if these weapons were used if they weren't used to use them for example what was the chain of custody that allows the obama administration to conclude that it was damascus and not the rebels how did those samples get from the battlefield to washington how do we know that so i'm really gate soldier in the syrian military use these weapons precisely to invite intervention by washington
there's so many questions i look forward to seeing the evidence although i don't think that the administration will be able to provide. use reacted to washington's allegations and for more on that i'm joined live by our t's tessera syria live for us in brussels so teso what is the world body there the european body rather had to say. well the statement that came out today from the spokesman of catherine ashton has offices that the e.u. would like to have you when mission to have to have independent investigation whether or not the use of chemical weapons really did take place they want independent verification of the facts presented by the united states that is happening in syria now that they are in constant contact with washington and also they said that while this u.n. mission has been authorized they are still waiting to be granted access on the ground they did point out indicate the importance of getting an independent
verification on the ground with facts on the ground for them to be able to make a decision now this is generally reflective of the opinion of most of the e.u. countries if we remember is made or was this is that they made on whether or not to extend the arms embargo to syria five out of twenty seven nations were against that idea including germany very reluctant to get involved militarily we know that the u.k. and france were the two countries that were really heavily pushing for non extension of that arms embargo however what's interesting to see is that the statement coming out today from the u.k. and france looks to be like a scaled back on their initial aggression on the issue we have a statement from downing street they're saying that the u.k. government has not decided yet whether to arm the syrian rebels and they are asking that the assad government allow grab unrestricted access to the u.n. investigation team going back to that statement of the e.u.
and france had also said in reply to with suggestions of a no fly zone to be established france had said that such a no fly zone in syria. the approval of the u.n. security council but they said that any intervention had with the approval of the international community and they say that this is unlikely so for now there is no clear indication coming from the next step in terms of. action they want to take all of them are saying they want to wait for more information and what's interesting again is the u.k. and france this statements on these foreign ministers will be meeting about a week's time to discuss this further all right thanks very much for that update our ally for us in brussels well europe already dealing with the fallout from the syrian conflict at least twenty thousand syrians seeking shelter there from the ongoing bloodshed among those bearing the brunt germany is our he's peter all of our reports from berlin. these protesters behind be in pearl in a campaigning for better rights for refugees here in germany and the number of
refugees in the country could be set to rise by around ten thousand now that's the number of people escaping violence in syria that's expected to come here to germany when it comes to the international response to the own going crisis in the embattled middle eastern country germany has certainly be more reserved and its criticism and some of its european partners they have kept their involvement purely diplomatic however there are those in germany that fear that the actions of countries like france and like the u.k. could see germany drawn into the conflict further by the back door and would like to stay away from this conflict but there are some attempts to drag the country in as far as i know there are right now thirty six fighters in other words terrorists from the free syrian army who are getting treatment in german military hospital only to be crushed and sent on their way back to syria to terrorize the civilian population. the authorities in berlin say that they know that people have left from
germany to go and fight in syria and they also many of these are fighting with radical islamic groups against the assad government forces there is now a worry that these people could return home and pose a potential terrorist threat on the streets of germany i think it's a double threat the first threat is of course for syria and for syrian civilians as well as for the syrian army that recruits from europe holding european passports are traveling there are fighting and of course they are learning they are terrorists fighting skills when they're out there and the danger that those people will come back to europe one day sooner or later and will practice their skills in germany and britain and france and we know from all the countries now these terrorists are traveling to syria and they will come back so this might become a really big challenge and danger. for also for the security in europe but with no end in sight to the violence on going in syria it seems very likely that ten
thousand won't be the final number of refugees fleeing not violence that find their way here to germany and we could see that rice in the future. both are cause weeks of protests across turkey have been put on hold and it'll be left to a court to decide whether or not they're legal five people though died in the often violent demonstrations the decision coming after the prime minister held a meeting with activists although there was no agreement on how to end the overall discontent protests started because of a plan to cut down the trees of the barracks in gezi park they evolved into anti-government demonstrations with crowds rallying against the country's prime minister erdogan the european parliament criticized turkey for disproportionate and excessive use of police against the protesters jason jones editor in chief of the istanbul gazette says those angry at the government will continue demonstrating despite the decision over the park. there's a court injunction to stop the construction in gezi park and essentially what it
came down to was the government saying that they would not step in to stop that process and they would let the courts handle it from here so we we have a pause in the action but by no means is it over we see a lot of opposition party groups that have come together under this one particular cause but within that group of people you see a splintering of fair very differing causes the anticapitalist muslims the socialists the. various representative groups from every friend. out there they don't think that the conflict is going to just go away i would i would hope that they can find a peaceful way to get life back to normal and to get people at the table talking to one another however as i mentioned those marginal groups that are there these are professional protesters they protest all the time they're generally ready for a fight so i don't think that those people are going to just walk away.
as the u.k. reportedly blocks a whistleblower edward snowden from traveling to the country the former cia man's revelations looks set to test relations between china and the u.s. details still to come stay with us. away builds on the bones of its many kids the one through one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of russia a place that's home to less than a million people and to keep this the great fruits. join me james brown as i travel to the coldest inhabited place in the world. and meet some of the tough. people. on the planet. just make
sure that you keep your eyes on the road runner. race to the poll of polls only on own so you. see good lumber. to build its most sophisticated. fortunately doesn't give a. mission to teach creation why it should care about humans and. this is why you should want only on the dot com. thanks for staying with us quarter past the hour now cia whistleblower edward snowden has reportedly been stopped from flying to the u.k. with airlines order to keep him from boarding the man who lifted the lid on the u.s. secret surveillance activities is being pursued by washington which hopes to prosecute
him for his latest revelation he told a hong kong newspaper the u.s. repeatedly hacks chinese computer networks he claims the u.s. has been having hundreds of targets in hong kong and on the mainland china since two thousand and nine particularly sensitive because washington is constantly accused beijing of being behind a series of cyber attacks on its government departments are more about the leaks and still in the future i'm joined live by pepe escobar a roving correspondent for the asia times thanks for joining us here on our teaser report suggesting that snowden blocked from entering the u.k. do you think other countries could follow suit. can i deviate from the script a little bit i'm going to start with syria what i'd really like to keep you to this because we've already got gone over our syria topic for the moment and this is our snow in segment go ahead and tell us do you think other other countries will block and the problem is this is totally interlinked what's the road and did you know with deplore afic timing inside the ants was as
a global times today in china that come straight from the top was to hand of cards their old server to china and china is going to play that so the next if anybody knew that the us was also hacking china she jingping when he met obama in sunnylands a week ago he already knew it and he let the americans drive the agenda of this summit talking about cyber warfare when he knew that sooner or later this revelation will do erupt and snowden he was watching the whole scene and he is disclosure so this sunnylands summit so it's someone to really say so what does obama do one week later oh why did dog say he's going to start a war in syria to deviate himself from prison gate that's a risk is interlinked now snowden says he trusts hong kong as courts to make the right choice over his extradition would you advise him to go down that road and stay on the island not at all he said he's absolutely correct look he had months to
sink it over he's already called back with lawyers and human rights organizations in hong kong he study at home called law yes there is an extradition treaty between homecoming and us before the nine united seven and those works but this is a very special case now china is that correct voltage and this is it's are you today at the global times these crucial because it's the war from the top saying we've got to handle this very carefully and we have the advantage not to obama mistress so yes so this right now the whistleblower revealed a lot of data regarding the u.s. cyber attacks on china and claims to have more data do you think the prospect of obtaining key information could convince speeding to support snowden. but she is already supporting so that that's a sink it took them a few days to make up their minds remember there was a three day holiday in china so the started should they frighten the chinese
offensive and that they are watching a public opinion reaction in hong kong they are watching public opinion reaction in sino way bulled the chinese blogs and the equivalent of twitter and they know they see the groundswell of support to snowden they see the double standards of obama trying to impose a wooden way cyberwarfare dialogue when this comes both ways and yes they're going to support snowden no doubt and we come back to syria all the time i'm sorry if i'm system that because it's all interrelated it's that monica lewinsky kates monica lewinsky is back in her name is edward snowden. china refusing to hand over snowden to the u.s. how badly do you think that constrain the relationship between the u.s. and china so it won't be a matter of china look this will be decided to hong kong courts this process could go on for months maybe years in fact the ultimate decision if the
whole cone courts would fold for the extradition of snow than would not three lights solely on hong kong would also rely on beijing but we're talking about a hypothetical in you probably so no this will be decided by the hong kong courts and it will be extremely good for home code so prove to the world that it is semi democratic system as well it's not totally under pressure from the jink and it can consider a case in terms of political asylum which is what certainly is not is going to apply for all right pepe escobar thanks very much for your time thank you. security tight across iran is people choose excessive president ahmadinejad who is coming to the end of a second and final term analysts don't expect much change in the country's political landscape mainly because all the candidates say they're loyal to the supreme leader ayatollah ali how many are he's very few notion has more from tehran . well for iran's supreme leader is among the first photos today the country
chooses its next president i hope you have a lot to see how tall a company has just cast his ballot and of course no one knows who he voted for you can see many journalists are here who've been foreign reporters many have come to iran to cover the event and most of them are reporting on the show that when the supreme leader has cost over the country's politics and today's events accolades and that's offering a choice for days vote will unlikely to bring a new radical change to the country all together there are six candidates in today's race but of course no one can say a pig's point who's likely to win opinion polls predict iran off but as it sat in their ways leaflet we found distributed on the streets of tehran the future president of iran should believe in god be able to protect the country from its enemies have high moral standards and have a good plan to improve the country's economic situation here's our report on where
after the jobs legacy leaves the islamic republic akbar has been in real estate business for years in iran when we ask him to summarize the legacy of president ahmadinejad he talks about it so if you compare the price increase by hundred percent since last year we have no hope for the future the economy is bad and it's getting worse one of the president's promises of the taking office in two thousand and five was to make iran's vast oil revenues felt at the dining table of every single family was he leaves behind is a country heated by the worst financial crisis in years but there are some who say it's not what it is just who's to blame for the downturn on the sanctions were tough recently and it's hard to keep afloat but the president united the people i'm sure that iran is able to resist international pressure. the iranian economy has been hit hard by a string of ever tougher sanctions imposed successively by the u. the u.n. and the u.s. over accuse ations the countries trying to develop nuclear weapon something which
was never approved as a lot of ahmadinejad has been able to stand up to the whole world over iran's nuclear program and the country is better off for it. end of a battle the departure in libya will be remembered for is his rhetoric about israel and iran sixth president relations reached the point when even war seemed very possible and while ahmadinejad has not exactly been friendly towards israel the way facts have been juggled about him has done more damage to his reputation than his own wards years ago a statement was mistakenly attributed to him which was in the curtly translated as israel must be wiped off the face of the map an actual words were that israel must vanish from the arena of time and didn't even belong to one ishant anyway the object of his to make a when the knee jerk a villain he stands for universal rights where every country would have an equal say but some powers want nothing but dominance and they focused on blocking the
name of our president one of this year's presidential candidates doesn't agree because during the two thousand and nine elections campaign he criticized his advisors and they were off the race that's not the best and most honest way to get the power but. the deadly protests that raged across the country after the elections are also thought to have undermined our image the result many people were frightened of father let me not talk about my job at all. even those who don't totally support or when a judge say there is little he can actually do here according to our constitution the supreme leader has much more powers in this country almost every step the president takes should be supervised and blessed by the ayatollah so despite all the controversies surrounding president ahmadinejad it looks like iran will continue to be a force in the region and therefore will remain the fornace side of the u.s. and its allies mahmoud ahmadinejad's eight here presidency provokes mixed feelings
a very controversial leader he was equally pagan worship here in iran has been lazy . as it is in the book called defender running. day is over but his legacy will cost a shadow over the next president some time. now time around iran remember you can always find more at r.t. dot com including this question of old fashion a young man tells police in bahrain he was a hired hit man but only after being tortured into saying it according to a human rights group. because of the plane crash that killed yuri gagarin the first man in space revealed to the public for the first time clip at r.t. dot com to find out what actually happened. turning now to some other world headlines violent clashes erupt in brazil's largest city as people take to the streets. angry at a public transport price hike police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse
the crowds detaining at least forty demonstrators more than a thousand activists also protested in the country's capital. two people dead after a ferry sank off the philippines fifty four others and crew pulled from the water by rescuers reports say the ferry could have been on balance by two buses and a truck that were aboard the coast guard scanning the area searching for people not on the passenger list but who likely world on the vessel. colorado wildfires have destroyed nearly three hundred eighty homes and killed two the victims apparently trying to escape from a house that was on fire firefighters trying hard to control the level of destruction after the blaze doubled in size overnight to one thousand homes evacuated. up next hour he's financial show prime interest stay with us.
you know when i was in school they would tell us stories about that other goofy economic system in the eastern bloc and about why it was doomed to fail they tell us how terrified communist bureaucrats would work very hard to give the illusion of a fish and see when their bosses were in town a century out of fear they would try to convince the state that everything was just fine they promise of a fresh coat of paint on some stuff bump up their numbers in the books and get employees to put a smile on for the cameras so they wouldn't lose their jobs yeah this our teachers told us was a sign of true doomed economics rolling the clock forward twenty or thirty years the bosses of the current global economic system are in town and many locations around the upcoming g eight summit in northern ireland are doing their best to hide their economic downturn from the media according to our t.v.
news the government of northern ireland has spent two million pounds dealing with derelict buildings some of these buildings have simply been knocked out but some have been spruced up like butcher shops with images of meat stuck over the windows to hide their barren interiors or the now famous local office supply store which contains no office supplies at all but it sure does look nice and i guess that's what counts spending two million pounds to hide economic downturn from the g eight and other eyes whether than spending it and actually you know improving the local economy seems like doomed economic practices to me but that's just my opinion. sigrid laboratory to curb. was to build the needs most sophisticated. fortunately doesn't do we don't learn about anything mission to teach me reason why you should care about humans. this is why you should. only.
good afternoon and welcome the prime interest i'm boring in washington d.c. and let's get to today's headlines so what. does goldman knight gary gensler is on the way out as chairman of the derivatives industry regulator the commodity futures trading commission this is after spending a three year implementing dodd frank recently suffering a losing battle with fellow commissioners also after the office of inspector general released a damning report in may on his performance or lack there of the m.f. global debacle a front runner for his replacement is yet another goldman sachs employee. though she spends most of her young career as a senate.